GUY ADAMS on Ashes hero Ben Stokes's rocky ride to the top

Mail Online | 8/26/2019 | Guy Adams for the Daily Mail
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He's the cricketing sensation responsible for lighting up England's summer with not one, but two of the most heroic performances in the history of sport.

But swashbuckling Ben Stokes, who has almost single-handedly dragged his side over the line in both a World Cup final and perhaps the most gripping Ashes Test match ever, hasn't always been such a national treasure.

Temper - Tongue - Relationship - Alcohol - New

With a fiery temper and sharp tongue, not to mention a troublesome relationship with alcohol, the New Zealand-born star has often made headlines for the wrong reasons.

In a career that began when he was still an unruly teenager, the 28-year-old all-rounder has repeatedly tested the patience of his club, his country, and perhaps most of all his wife Clare.

Pieces - Field - Indiscretions - Cells - Courts

They have all been forced to help pick up the pieces from the on and off field indiscretions that have landed him in cells, criminal courts, and seen him sent home from International tours.

That Stokes has repeatedly bounced back is, perhaps, his greatest achievement, not to mention a feather in the cap of England's cricketing authorities, who have handled his mercurial talent wisely and arguably helped forge his resilience.

Mistakes - Achievements

We all make mistakes. But as his remarkable achievements show, it's how you respond to them that really counts . . .

Kiwi rugby legends

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Six foot tall, and naturally athletic, Stokes hails from a long line of Kiwi rugby legends.

Great-grandfather Jim, was mayor of Greymouth, a town on New Zealand's South Island, who became a prominent match official in the 1950s and 60s. The cricketer's paternal grandfather, who was also named Jim, played in several club sides which won a host of national tournaments in the post-war era.

Father - Gerard - Career - Amateur - Era

His father, Gerard, carved out a career in the amateur era by converting to rugby league.

A prop forward, he won a cap playing for the national side in...
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